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G20 protestors win right to judicial review

27 November 2009

Climate Camp protestors who say they were assaulted by police during the G20 protest outside the Climate Exchange in Bishopsgate on 1 April 2009 have won the right to a judicial review.

The review is being brought by two men and a woman who claim to have been victims of police brutality, including kettling, while taking part in the Fossil Fool’s day protest.

Sir Andrew Collins ruled at the Administrative Court that the issues were suitable for the court and that the review could proceed to a full hearing.

In their defence of the judicial review, the Metropolitan Police said that there was no evidence of a decision to use force made by senior officers and that therefore a hearing should not take place.

John Halford, a partner at Bindmans who is acting for the claimants, said the court’s decision highlighted “a fundamental problem with policing in Britain – the entrenchment of a culture where the police believe they can deploy whatever tactics or force they consider necessary to suppress peaceful protest, as long as the mantra of ‘proportionality’ is frequently repeated. However, that is not the law in any properly functioning democracy.”

A directions hearing will take place early in the New Year to deal with further disclosure of police evidence.

In a separate case, the High Court will also consider Kent Police’s failure to provide evidence relating to stops and searches of three protesters who were making their way to the Climate Camp protest at Kingsnorth last August.

Permission for judicial review was granted last August. The full hearing will take place on 12 January 2010.

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